Breck Ascent Series keeps hauling |

Breck Ascent Series keeps hauling

While it’s certainly the die-hard, outdoor enthusiasts who keep pulling off the wins, the Breck Ascent Series is anything but an expert’s race.

It’s all about the workout.

“There is a certain nonchalance to the Breck Ascent Series that makes it feel more accessible for anyone to participate in,” said local Nikki Arcieri, who won Wednesday’s race. “People are ascending on all sorts of gear. You may be in the middle of the pack boot-packing with a snowboard on your back and could be working just as hard as someone up front with lighter gear. Anything goes, and we all get to drink beer together at the end.”

The third race of the spring series took 41 participants from the base of Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 up Dukes to the Vista Haus. Once up top, the race is complete, and everyone leisurely makes their way back down.

Wednesday was the first race of this year’s series held in the afternoon, which event director Linsey Kach said helped drive up the numbers.

There was a post-race party at Lucha on Main Street Breck.

Greg Ruckman won the men’s race, scaling the mountain in 18 minutes, 27 seconds. Brad Larochelle was second, and Michael Hagen was third.

Jaime Falcon was runner-up in the women’s field, and Laura Dickinson was one spot behind her.

There are two races left in the series – April 6 and 20 – at Breck, starting at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s a great way to get some exercise and vertical after work, and enjoy the sunny spring evenings,” said Dillon Benbow, who raced for the first time Wednesday. “I wouldn’t call myself a racer, but it helps with getting in shape for backcountry spring skiing.”

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